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Morocco’s souks are filled with colorful treasures, among them, a wide variety of pottery. Vases and pots, decorated with colorful etchings, sit for sale alongside tagines, the conical-shaped cooking pots typical of Moroccan cuisine. Three cities—Fez, Meknes and, especially, Safi, are the main pottery centers of the country, producing about 80 percent of Morocco’s pottery. In these cities, sun-baked...
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Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular cities, and with good reason. The historic capital of Catalonia is packed with galleries, museums, historical attractions and places to eat. Set between the mountains and sea, it’s a buzzing and vibrant city, celebrated for its unique architecture, famous artists and city beaches. If you only have a...
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In Marrakech, there are Moorish, Berber, Arabic and Andalusian details all coexisting together. In the ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen, which was once held by Spain and where Spanish is still spoken by residents, there is an undeniable Mediterranean connection that weaves its way throughout the colors of the ocean and sky which permeate everything.  ...
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Cities with ancient art traditions It often seems that time stands still in the medinas of Fez and Meknes. Yet behind their high walls, a host of artisans busy themselves crafting and reviving traditions to produce works that are both authentic and modern.     Wander into the Fez medina and explore its alleys, where...
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A different kind of recreation Fez and Meknes are cities of art and history, but more active visitors will find plenty of ways to practice their favorite hobbies under ideal conditions. The two cities have a wide variety of facilities and long golf and equestrian traditions, which make them coveted destinations for the most energetic...
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The dazzling nature of southern Morocco Turn inland, away from the sea, and allow the towns of Midelt, Errachidia and Merzouga to show you another side of Morocco. Their stunning panoramas unfurl between the summits of the Middle Atlas and the infinite expanse of the Sahara.     Midelt and Errachidia are mountain towns. Varying...
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Fossil of Morocco During the Devonian period, the Paleozoic Era, about 380 million years ago, the Moroccan Sahara (Rissani) was a floor of a large prehistoric ocean, the first proto-Tethys Sea Mediterranean. Because of different natural factors , fish, plants and other ancient marine fossils animals were after the withdrawal of the sea. The lack of...
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Marrakech designated African Capital of Culture 2020 23 November 2018 Marrakech Marrakech has just been designated African Capital of Culture 2020, a showcase of today’s urban Africa, highlighting the diversity of African cultural expressions, announced on Friday in Marrakech, the Mayor of the ochre city, Mohamed Larbi Belcaid. In 2020, Marrakech, this thousand-year-old city doubly inscribed on the...
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Tbourida Or Fantasia is a traditional exhibition of horsemanship in the Maghreb performed during cultural festivals and for Maghrebi wedding celebrations. “Fantasia” is an Orientalist name from the French, the actual traditional term derived from the Arabic word baroud, meaning gunpowder. It is present in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania.     The performance consists of a group of...
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THE SAND BATH, WHAT IS IT? In Merzouga, as in many areas of the Moroccan desert, the sand bath, also known as psammatotherapy, or sandotherapy, is a practice of alternative medicine adopted by many people affected by rheumatism. The sandbath takes its name simply from the method of practice itself, consisting of burying a good...
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